iPhone 12 Apple event invite may hide a new product in plain sight

An Apple event for October has been on the cards ever since the iPhone 12 failed to show up at last month’s Apple Watch 6 and iPad Air event. And sure enough, the company has now confirmed October 13 as the date for your calendar if you’re curious to get a first glimpse at the company’s latest handset.

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But could the invite be hinting at another product to be unveiled alongside the iPhone 12? Renowned leaker Jon Prosser certainly thinks so.

Gallery: Best ultrawide monitors 2020: Top 21:9 picks for gaming and working from home (Pocket-lint)

If you’re unfamiliar with the product in the picture, it’s AirTags, which is rumored to be Apple’s answer to Tile. In short, AirTags are expected to be small disks you can attach to valuables for location tracking, using Apple’s ultra-wideband U1

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Here’s the curtain raise on the Sight Tech Global agenda

The goal of Sight Tech Global, a virtual, global event on December 2-3, 2020, is to gather the world’s top experts who are applying advanced technologies, notably AI, to the future of accessibility and assistive tech for people who are blind or visually impaired.

Today we’re excited to roll out most of the agenda. There are another half-dozen sessions and breakouts still to come, notably sessions on AI bias and civil rights. What we’ve discovered over the many weeks of research and conversation is a consistent, strong interest on the part of researchers, technologists and product and design thinkers to convene and talk over the future — its promises, challenges and even threats.

We’re delighted to have top-level talent from virtually every leading technology company, many research universities and some startups ready for fireside chats and small panel discussions with expert moderators. Some sessions will take questions from our audience

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World’s Biggest Polluters Are Hiding in Plain Sight

It’s only when your car breaks down that you realize you’ve been sold a lemon.

That’s a lesson often applied in financial markets. When capital is flowing freely, investors aren’t likely to spend too long kicking the tires before deciding to put money down. When funding becomes more constrained, they’ll want to examine every detail of the log book before driving off.

This phenomenon was seen most dramatically in the period spanning the 1997–98 Asian financial crisis and the 2001 Enron bankruptcy. People who’d piled into investments suddenly discovered that accounting rules were shot through with loopholes and lacunas, allowing businesses with seemingly robust balance sheets to collapse overnight. That shock, and the desire to tempt back capital with the promise of more transparency, is one of the main reasons that international accounting and audit standards have been harmonized so rapidly in the decades since.

We’re overdue a similar reckoning

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Pixel 5 camera upgrades: Google marries portrait mode with Night Sight

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Google’s Pixel 5 includes regular and ultrawide-angle cameras.

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Google’s Pixel 5 flagship smartphone drops the telephoto camera its predecessor offered for capturing distant subjects and switches instead to an ultrawide angle alternative good for photographing groups of people and indoor scenes. The shift follows Apple’s iPhone 11, which last year added an ultrawide lens.

An ultrawide camera also is useful for video, which often crops the outer portions of the frame to help stabilize footage. The ultrawide camera complements a traditional main 12-megapixel camera on the Pixel 5’s back and a front-facing 8-megapixel selfie camera on the front. The Pixel 5 starts at $700, but the same camera hardware is also used on the new Pixel 4a with 5G network support, too.

“The ultrawide lens ensures you get

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One ‘Halloween Blue Moon,’ Two Eclipses And A Once-In-397 Years Sight

A new season of stargazing has begun—and it’s set to be incredible. The equinox on Tuesday signals the beginning of fall or autumn in the northern hemisphere while below the equator, it’s now spring.

Both of these seasons will cease on December 22, 2020 when the solstice occurs. So what has the night sky got lined-up for us stargazers in the three months ahead?

Here’s your ultimate guide to stargazing in this new season:

Thursday, October 1, 2020: A full ‘Harvest Moon’

Today the “Harvest Moon” will rise at dusk in the east. It’s officially full at 5:05 p.m. EDT, but try to watch it at moonrise where you are for the full effect.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020: Draconids Meteor Shower

Today is the peak of the Draconids, a meteor shower produced each year on this date by dust and debris left in

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Hailing a self-driving taxi when blind. Learn how Waymo answers that challenge at Sight Tech Global

Imagine yourself unable to see well enough to drive, and how that would change your life. I witness that scenario every day at home with my wife, who is legally blind, and a very busy person. She reveres Uber and Lyft because they provided her with the still remarkable option to get up and go whenever she wants, wherever she wants.  So imagine her excitement a year ago when she was treated to a brief ride in a self-driving Waymo taxi. The safety driver asked my wife to buckle up and hit the “start” button. Yes, exactly! Where is that start button?

We all had a chuckle because the point of the excursion was to talk about Waymo’s commitment to accessibility in the development of self-driving taxis, which are already in service in Phoenix. Waymo is working closely with the Foundation for Blind Children (FBC) in Phoenix to get feedback

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JAWS architect Glen Gordon is joining Sight Tech Global, a virtual event Dec. 2-3

For people who are blind or visually impaired, JAWS is synonymous with freedom to operate Windows PCs with a remarkable degree of control and precision with output in speech and Braille. The keyboard-driven application makes it possible to navigate GUI-based interfaces of web sites and Windows programs. Anyone who has ever listened to someone proficient in JAWS (the acronym for “Job Access With Speech”) navigate a PC can’t help but marvel at the speed of the operator and the rapid fire machine-voice responses from JAWS itself.

For nearly 25 years, JAWS has dominated the field of screen readers, and is in use by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. It is inarguably one of the greatest achievements in modern assistive technology. We are delighted to announce that Glen Gordon, the architect of JAWS for over 25 years, is joining the agenda at Sight Tech Global, which is a virtual event

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